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Hammy acting, wooden words, however - it sort of works...,
This review is from: Rosamunde Pilcher - Winter Solstice/Summer Solstice [DVD] (DVD)For a start these two discs are not really a match. Winter Solstice comes first. That staggers through the story written by Rosamund Pilcher quite sweetly. Devastatingly awful events occur but the characters manage to get over them with unlikely speed for the sake of the tale. In Summer Solstice different actresses play Carrie and the Countess, the emphasis is moved on very quickly to Carrie and Sam not running a distillery as it previously appears, but managing and chairing a large hotel. Several surprising chasms appear in the story line. I did wonder if I had dropped off to sleep and missed a section.
It is still fairly contemporary, with references to websites etc, sums of money that ring true, plus the mobile phones are almost small enough to pass muster.
The second disc has a technical fault in that it comes to an abrupt end with a car crash, possible miscarriage; plot lines left swinging, hanging in the air, this just can't be it, you think as the credits roll confidently on.... I consulted this page and thankfully found that you have to search through the scene selection of Summer Solstice to select the next part and find out what happens. Phew.
This film is made with a German group as of course Rosamund Pilcher is hugely popular in their country. Infiltrating what was originally very English fiction are some wooden portrayals which almost appear puppet like; poor dubbing gives a ventriloquists air. Oscar especially comes across as a creepily grinning robot topped off with a truly improbable head of squirrel brown hair. Carrie Mark Two has forehead the size of Mars - nothing moves when she squeaks. I mean speaks her unlikely lines. Sinead Cusak is a dear as always but does rather comically look as though she had her fingers in the electric socket.
However Honor Blackman is quite wonderful. I hope she had a jolly good time filming. She looks utterly beautiful. The child Brodie is perfect, his story is rewarding and warmly feel good. The viewing highlights are really the houses - settled comfortably beside lochs, cosily nestling between mountains, a gorgeous castle floodlit above its fabulous gardens, darling little villages, a mock tudor hunting lodge firmly planted overlooking a sheet of grey water. The film photography is lovely, really special, showcasing the absolutely marvellous scenery of Scotland. We did expect Hector/ Richard Briers to appear as a cameo Monarch of the Glen at some point!
Escapism for sure and fairly relaxing viewing once you suspend judgement and just sink into the inevitable fairy tale, pantomime mood. A guilty pleasure on a wet afternoon on the sofa with the dog.